Cultural Training in Bahrain
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Bahrain Cultural Training
Doing business in Bahrain isn't like going on holiday: don't expect to get by with knowledge of a few words, and don't assume business is conducted in the same way universally.
But how can you properly prepare to set up a business in Bahrain? There are many cultural training companies and schools which can help you. They offer cross-cultural grounding, bridging the translatory and protocolic gaps between nations and people.
Providing guidance in all areas of business and sociality, these cultural training companies are experts when it comes to negotiation training; management training; and diversity training. All training, of course, can be country-specific.
Tutorials can take many forms, so investigate which will be right for you and, if necessary, your employees.
Business Etiquette in Bahrain
English is widely spoken throughout the country. Although itís common for written correspondence to be in English, Arabic is often preferred within government.
Bahrain is the most liberal of GCC states and is tolerant of all faiths. Islam is the national culture and should be respected.
The working week is Sunday to Thursday.
The formalities and informalities; the how d'you dos and how d'you don'ts. Etiquette is one of the foundations of modern civilisation, and business is no exception. A business blunder, in some countries, could mean the difference between a deal and disrepute. Again, its all about culture if not adopting, at least recognising and respecting the traditions and protocols of a people.
When expanding your business in Bahrain, trust is an important factor so it will be necessary to forge a strong relationship with clients. If dining with a Bahraini, you should eat only with your right hand and you should sit crossed legged or kneel on one knee. It is also frowned upon if your foot touches the food mat. Other cultural idiosyncrasies exist. For instance, slapping a Bahraini on the back or pointing at a Bahraini with you finger are not recommended if youre setting up a business in the country. Bahrainis are also known to take their time making decisions, so it is important to have patience.